Save the Date for “Fill the Hill”

Save the date for Fill the Hill. Shadow of a flamingo falling on grass.

Coming “Flocktober” 5–6

Fill the Hill is coming back — and this year, the flamingos are celebrating the university’s 175th anniversary! Starting at 5 p.m. on October 5, Badgers and friends around the world will fill Bascom Hill with pink lawn flamingos in honor of one of UW–Madison’s most beloved student pranks.

As one of the university’s most spirited supporters, you don’t want to miss this special day of giving and goofiness. Mark your calendar now for this fabulous feathery tradition and help ensure that UW–Madison remains a world leader of education, research, and innovation for another 175 years!

P.S. Stay tuned for an exclusive opportunity to start the party early — just for dedicated donors like you!

1 Gift = 1 Flamingo

Every gift the UW receives during Fill the Hill — of any amount — will add one flamingo to our fabulous flock on Bascom Hill.

Want to bring the flamingo festivities home? When you give $350 or more, we’ll send you one commemorative plastic lawn flamingo of your own — plus a bonus surprise! That’s one dollar to celebrate each of the university’s first 175 years and another to support the next 175.

Students on Bascom Hill enjoying the first Fill the Hill in 1979

Share Your Story

Do you have a favorite flamingo memory — either from Fill the Hill in years past or from the original flamingo prank in 1979? Let us know!